10 photos that show off our dazzling, magical sky

Last week, we challenged our Instagram community to capture beautiful skies in their photos. We saw breathtaking rainy day window shots, silhouette portraits against warm sunsets, starry nights hiding behind thick fog and more. Our guest host was Brighton Galvan, a creative director and photographer from California. "There are so many great photos here from the challenge, I'm honored to have been a part of it," Galvan said. "I love seeing people post great work on social media — it always inspires me." Check out Galvan's favorite #MashPics_Skyscape submissions below.Galvan says: The colors are amazing in this photo. Galvan says: This is just perfect. Galvan says: The tones are awesome. Galvan says: I like the feel to this photo. Galvan says: The mood, it's great. Galvan says: The color is awesome. Galvan says: I like the sky in this photo. Galvan says: Color on point! Galvan says: The tones are perfectly blended. Galvan says: This photo's just a 10! Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

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Data breach at Hong Kong toy maker VTech highlights broader problems

HONG KONG The theft of toy maker VTech Holdings Ltd's database highlights a growing problem with basic cyber security measures at small, non-financial companies that handle electronic customer data, industry watchers said on Monday.The hacked data at VTech included information about customers who download children's games, books and other educational content, the Hong Kong-based toy maker said. The breach also included information relating to children.As more devices are connected to the Internet and as companies increasingly collect personal information about their customers, such attacks are expected to increase."Smaller companies might be targeted less often, but the implications ... can be just as serious," said Bryce Boland, Asia Pacific chief technology officer of cyber security firm FireEye. "As larger companies implement stronger security measures, smaller companies become relatively easy targets for cyber crime." VTech has a market value of HK$21.9 billion ($2.8 billion). Tech giant Apple Inc has a market capitalization of $657 billion. In VTech's case, information that should have been obscured and unrecoverable if the database were breached - such as passwords and secret answers - either wasn't obscured at all or was done so improperly, said Larry Salibra, founder and chief executive of crowd-sourced bug-testing platform, Pay4Bugs. Salibra said these types of security measures were basic best practices that don't require a lot of money. "This seems to be a trend. Hardware manufacturers really don't value software skills - I would imagine because they don't see any immediate positive impact to their bottom line," Salibra said."Software talent is an easy place to be cheap with minimal consequences until something like this happens." VTech said in a statement that about 5 million customer accounts and related children's' profiles worldwide were affected. It did not break out how many profiles belonged to parents and how many to children. News site Motherboard reported that data belonging to some 4.8 million parents and more than 200,000 children was taken. The site said it had spoken to a hacker who claimed to be behind the attack, who said he planned to do "nothing" with the data. Motherboard's report could not be independently confirmed.VTech said the breached database included names, email addresses, passwords, secret questions and answers for password retrieval, IP addresses, mailing addresses, download histories and children's names, genders and birth dates. The company, which sells children's tablets, electronic learning toys and baby monitors, said the targeted database did not include credit card information, ID card numbers, Social Security numbers or drivers licence numbers. Vtech said it has taken steps to prevent further attacks but did not provide details. It said it has emailed every account holder. Vtech's stock has fallen 22 percent this year. Shares and trade in other VTech securities were suspended on Monday morning. (Reporting by Clare Baldwin and Donny Kwok; Additional reporting by Yimou Lee and Stella Tsang; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Bill Tarrant)

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Debris from U.S. rocket recovered off coast of southwest England

LONDON Debris from a U.S. rocket, most likely the doomed SpaceX Falcon 9, has been recovered near the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of southwest England, the UK coastguard has said on Friday.It was covered in barnacles and was initially mistaken for a dead whale.Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency said in a statement that a piece of metal alloy was recovered with the help of a local boatman. It measured around 10 meters by 4 meters (13 feet). Martin Leslie, coastal area commander, said: "The markings show an American flag. It looks like it's an American rocket and is similar to the unmanned Space X Falcon 9 which blew up shortly after take-off from Cape Canaveral in June." Photographs showed the debris covered in what Joseph Thomas, the boatman, told the BBC were goose barnacles. "There were lots of gulls on the water and I thought initially it was a dead whale and the birds were feeding off it," he said. (Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Tiger becomes unlikely pals with the goat that was supposed to be his lunch

A goat and tiger at the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia are foregoing the typical predator-prey relationship in exchange for a more progressive and equal one. Timur the goat was originally intended to be a live meal for Amur the Siberian tiger. However, it seems that upon being released in Amur's enclosure, Timur immediately took charge. See also: Baby giraffe and elephant are best pals despite height difference Timur chased Amur out of his sleeping area and established himself as a dominant force to be reckoned with. Since then, Amur has taken to sleeping on the roof while Timur snoozes in his bed. Timur's brave antics actually earned him his name, which comes from a courageous character in a Russian children's book. "It's a fitting name for such a fearless animal," the park stated. Just goes to show: Sometimes confidence can compensate for sharp claws.

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6 drawings that capture the feeling of Black Friday in New York City

Black Friday is a day of determination and resolve. Shoppers march out into the cold morning to wait in long lines with hundreds of other bargain-hunters. This year I was given an unusual task — to go out and document this event. Not with a camera, but with a sketch pad and pencils, to try to convey the feelings of the day. See also: 50 things to do instead of shop on Black Friday As a Black Friday shopping virgin, the event wasn't what I expected. At the stores I visited in New York City Friday morning, there was no frantic rush, no stampede or shoving. Instead, people seemed calm, quiet and respectful as they went about their business. It was a bit crowded and claustrophobic at times, but many shoppers seemed interested just to stand in and take in the spectacle, as I was. In general, I learned that Black Friday means a lot of standing around and waiting, and not as much pounding on doors and trampling people. I've included some quick sketches I rendered while watching the shoppers do their thing. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Union Square, New York City Best Buy, Union Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable Macy's, Herald Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable Macy's, Herald Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable Union Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable Macy's, Herald Square, New York CityImage: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable

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